Kenneth Copeland is one of many "Word of Faith" teachers who preach the "Name it and Claim it" message, also known as the "Prosperity Gospel", which basically claims that God owes Christians prosperity and all they have to do is ask for whatever they want and God will give it to them. Many Christians have been gravely disappointed when trying to exercise this belief because this is not what the Bible teaches.
What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? (Matthew 16:26)
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. (2 Cor. 4:17-18)
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19-21)
Here is another verse often used by prosperity teachers:
"And whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me Anything in My name, I will do it." (John 14:13)
This sounds very promising until you read the whole chapter in context. Back at the beginning of chapter 14, Jesus is talking about going to His Father's house to prepare a place for those he is talking to and he will come again and receive them to himself. Who is he talking to here? Believing Jews. Therefore he is talking about the Kingdom of God that was promised to Abraham and his descendants which all Jews were looking forward to. When does this occur? After the Tribulation and only those Jews who endure the Tribulation and manage to live through it will ever see the Kingdom of God. And during the Kingdom Christ will rein supreme and fulfill that promise.
Christians, on the other hand, were given a heavenly inheritance, not earthly:
"In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory." (Ephesians 1:11-14)
“If we endure, we shall also reign with Him” (2 Tim. 2:12).
Christians have been promised the Rapture when they will be taken to Heaven (to rein with Christ), whereas believing Jews who endure the Tribulation will go into the Kingdom of God promised to Abraham and his descendants.
© April 2004 - updated 3-18-17
Dear Saint, Don't Believe What They Say! by Sandy Simpson, of Deception in the Church Ministries is a rebuttal of an article by Kenneth Copeland that appeared in "Believers Voice of Victory" magazine in Oct 1999 re healing, sickness, suffering and exposing Copeland's Word of Faith beliefs as unscriptural and downright heretical.
A plethora of articles exposing the teachings of Kenneth Copeland can be found at the Deception in the Church web site.
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